The lonely column of Iaat

Standing alone for 1900 years, no one is sure why this Corinthian column exists. Some say it was built by St. Helena of Constantinople (mother of Emperor Constantine the Great) while others say it marks the site of a great ancient battle.

The only fact is that this 18 meters column has always stood alone and it’s exactly halfway between the temple complex of Baalbeck and a smaller temple known as “Qasr al Banat” in the nearby Chlifa town.

At one point, the plaque that was installed on the northern side of the monument and that might have given us a clue has been removed and no other history is known of the column.

Make sure to visit this mysterious monument the next time you plan a trip to North-Bekaa!

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